Belize City, Belize

After Honduras, we went to Belize.  I spent the morning at Starfish Island and yes I did see starfish.

This was my first experience with starfish, so of course I had to touch them.  I was surprised they didn’t react at all.  They just laid there doing their starfish stuff.

The afternoon was spent wondering around Belize City, which is the capital of Belize.

 

Water Calms the Soul

There’s something about a body of water that calms the soul.  It could be an ocean, sea, river, lake, or even a pool.

When the sunlight hits the water it glitters and reflects beauty.  Listening to the waves or watching the peaceful ripples tend to relax a person.  Playing in the water on a hot summer day cools the body and refreshes the soul.

There’s something about water that sets us free.

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Dauphin Island, Alabama

Gwen and I went to Dauphin Island, which is located in Mobile County, Alabama.  It’s connected to the mainland by the Gordon Persons Bridge.

Dauphin Island was named after Louis XIV’s great-grandson.  He was the heir (the dauphin) and future Louis XV of France.

This is a beautiful place to visit, with white sandy beaches, Sea Lab – Estuarium, a military fort dating back to the 1800’s, Audubon Bird Sanctuary, walking trails, restaurants and places to shop.

The Bahamas – Nassau

Nassau was my favorite place to visit while in The Bahamas.  I wish I could have spent more time at this port.  Oh well, I guess I will just have to go back for another visit.

Nassau is full of cute little shops.  I felt like we went into a hundred different stores, but I enjoyed each one of them.

Malia and I went to the Nassau Library and Museum.  The building was originally used as a jail, so the layout was rather unique.  The one thing that really caught my attention was their card catalog system.  I was completely enthralled and just stood there running my fingers along the wooden cabinet and the cards.  I wish I had photos, but pictures were not allowed inside the building.

We also encountered statues and posters dedicated to the woman of The Bahamas.  They were praised for their hard work and sacrifice during the nation’s difficult times.  They were admired for their willingness to give of themselves in an effort to create a better life for all citizens.

I cannot talk about Nassau without mentioning the beaches and the beautiful ocean.  The water was a clear blue and I could watch the fish as they swam near the docks.  The fish I saw had yellow and black strips, so I called them bumblebee fish.

 

 

Jacksonville, Florida

We arrived in Jacksonville, rather late.  However, we still wanted to walk along the beach  and wander around the downtown area.  Most places were closed and void of people, but we still enjoyed ourselves.

The best part was walking along the beach.  It was beautiful, even at night.  The sounds of the waves and the birds were crystal clear.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any good pictures.

The lights in downtown Jacksonville were lovely.  As I walked around the city, I thought about my next adventure.  I was going to board a cruise ship and go to The Bahamas, neither of which I had ever done before in my life.  I was full of excitement and curiosity.

 

 

Spring Break 2017 – Pensacola, Florida

We went to Pensacola for spring break this year and our favorite part of the trip was the Pensacola Lighthouse Museum.

Gwen and I climbed to the top of the lighthouse.  We walked up 177 steps (similar to walking up 12 flights of stairs).  Also, the staircase was narrow with holes in each step, so you could see all the way to the bottom while walking back down the stairs.

Museum Photos

Lighthouse View

Congratulations – We Did It

Beach Photos

 

Bird Photos

 

Trees and Plants

 

Hanging Out at the Hotel and Other Random Photos

 

It was a great trip, but we are all glad to be back home.

Mosquito Sanctuary

During fall break, I took my niece (Gwen) to Dauphin Island.  We had a great time exploring the island, taking a boat ride, and hanging out on the beach.

There is an Audubon bird sanctuary on the island.  We decided to visit the sanctuary with my cousin Thomas, who was also vacationing on the island.  It started out well, but ended in disaster.

We were walking along and looking for the birds, all of a sudden we were swarmed by mosquitoes.  The swarm was so thick that it looked like a black fog surrounding us.

We took off running as fast as we could.  Thomas was in the lead and I could see the swarm following him.  I looked down at my dog, Blue, and he too was covered by the black fog of mosquitoes.

We finally made it out of the woods and back to our camper.  Thomas was still in the lead, followed by Gwen, and I was bringing up the rear with Blue beside me.

I started yelling at Thomas and Gwen, “Grab the spray!”  However, both of them ran past the bug spray on the picnic table and went straight into the camper.

When I reached the picnic table, I grabbed the can of bug spray and started spraying myself and randomly into the air.

Eventually, the swarm dissipated and we sat around examining the aftermath of the mosquito attack.

Gwen and Thomas were covered in bug bites.  They had so many bites it looked like both of them had the chicken pox.

We decided the Audubon Bird Sanctuary should really be called the Audubon Mosquito Sanctuary.